China says it is a victim of disinformation, not an initiator

A passenger shows a green QR code on his phone to a security guard to indicate his health status at Wenzhou railway station in China on February 28. Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images
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China’s foreign ministry on Monday denied claims that Beijing is spreading disinformation about the coronavirus following a European Union report that said there was “significant evidence” of covert Chinese operations on social media.

“China is opposed to the creation and spreading of disinformation by anyone or any organisation. China is a victim of disinformation, not an initiator,” said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a regular press briefing on Monday.

The report by the EU’s foreign policy arm said state-backed governments including China and Russia were responsible for spreading disinformation on the virus.

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